Metal News for May 3, 2007
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21 news articles posted on this day.
Virginia Beach-based metal act The End of the Universe have posted an update regarding the band's general plans to tour and record, as well as the individual members' side-projects.
Here is the official statement:
"We still exist, we're just on hiatus. There will be another TEOTU record. There will be more live shows. We will be kicking your nuts in once again.
Kenneth is touring with Fjord. They are good dudes and are surprisingly swoop-free. Check them out and check the schedule. They were just in Buffalo last night with The End. If you live in VB or thereabouts, they'll be playing Friday in Virginia Beach to wrap up the tour at Club Relevant.
Brett and Josh are seeing how the other half live, rocking in The Crimson Electric. 7" in the works and new mp3s up on MySpace. First show is this Thursday in Virginia Beach at Retro Lounge. Come out and get drunk.
Matt and Josh are also doing some new Tu Madre material this summer. Expect ridiculous levels of groove and severe taint uppercuttage. (MP3s here)
Chase has been breaking cymbals and weak women. He's been jamming some "High on Fire" influenced stuff and we'll update when there's more info on it."
Pennsylvania hardcore act THE MINOR TIMES has booked several shows in May and is looking for help booking a few in June in support of the band's forthcoming record 'Summer of Wolves,' due out June 26 through Prosthetic Records. If you book shows in the Northeast and can help out with shows for June 23 and 24, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The band will also appear at the Brotherly Shove Fest in Philadelphia at the Trocadero, in addition to playing shows with Ed Gein, Turmoil, Architect and Engineer among others.
The release of 'Summer of Wolves,' is the follow-up to 'Making Enemies,' which saw a 2004 release via Level Plane Records and a 2005 re-release through Prosthetic Records. Producer Vince Ratti (Bury Your Dead, A Life Once Lost) returned once again to record the album with the band, which was tracked last winter and will be mastered by Alan Douches (Shadows Fall, Converge). The Mark Price-penned artwork is available for preview here. In the meantime, THE MINOR TIMES has unveiled a brand new track, entitled "Casket City Lights," from the forthcoming record on the band's MySpace page and pre-orders for the record are available here.
Here are the latest THE MINOR TIMES tour dates:
5/04 Utica, NY – Skate-a-Rama (with Architect, Revisionist, Seagrave, Mammoth Hunter)
5/05 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Community Center (with Turmoil, Ed Gein, End of A Year)
5/18 Collegeville, PA – Perkiomen Township Firehall (with The Arrangement, Caspian, Beorn, Aunteater)
5/19 Doylestown, PA – Siren Records (with Engineer, Cosmonaut, Knife The Glitter)
5/20 Baltimore, MD – Charm City (with Engineer, Aphelion, Casket, Helping Hand)
6/22 Brooklyn, NY – The Walter Street Lounge (with Rosetta)
6/23 TBA (with Rosetta)
6/24 TBA (with Rosetta)
7/08 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero (Brotherly Shove Fest with A Life Once Lost, Starkweather)
Phobia will be touring both the West Coast and the East Coast this month. Here are the tour dates:
5/11 California @ TBA
5/12 Portland, OR @ Mt. Tabor
5/13 Seattle, WA @ the SS Marie Antoinette
5/14 Medford, OR @ Music Head
5/15 Sacramento, CA @ At The Y
5/16 Fresno, CA @ Pizza Land
dates w/ Extreme Noise Terror, Strong Intention and other guests
5/18 Allentown, PA @ The Sterling
5/19 New London, CT @ El N Gee
5/20 Boston, MA @ Cambridge Elks Lodge
5/21 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Backstreet Billiards
5/22 Buffalo, NY @ The Mohawk
5/23 Indianapolis, IN @ Harrison Center
5/24 Chicago, IL @ The Note
5/25 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
5/26 Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar (early show)
5/28 Long Island, NY @ TBA
Bullet For My Valentine will travel to Japan in August for a few shows. The tour dates are as follows:
08/28 Tokyo @ Shibuya AX
08/30 Nagoya @ Diamond Hall
08/31 Osaka @ Big Cat
Los Angeles based melodic death metallers Cerberus will team up with Southern California neighbors Antagonist this month for a two-week tour. Here are the tour dates:
5/6 Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Café w/ Crematorium, The Funeral Pyre
5/7 Corona, CA @ Showcase Theatre w/ The Funeral Pyre
5/8 Tempe, AZ @ Metal Devastation 2 w/ Contra, A Dying Dream
5/9 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
5/10 Amarillo, TX @ Pigeon Hole
5/11 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
5/12 Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Handshake Murders, Year of Desolation
5/13 Houston, TX @ Java Junction
5/14 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Compound
5/15 McAllen, TX @ Club Metro
5/16 Victoria, TX @ Fanelli's
5/17 San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom
5/18 El Paso, TX @ House of Rock N roll
5/19 Tucson, AZ @ The Living Room
5/20 Coachella Valley, CA @ TBA
Launch Radio Networks reports: Ozzy Osbourne is once again headlining Ozzfest this summer, only this time the tour is offering free admission to everyone who attends and no pay to the bands on the bill. Osbourne admits that he doesn't really know how the experiment will work out, but told Launch that he has absolute confidence in his wife, manager and tour co-founder, Sharon Osbourne: "With this 'Freefest,' I said, 'How does it work, Shar?' And she goes, 'Don't worry, it's all under control.'I always think of the bad thing that can happen, but she's so clever at what she does. You know what, I always end up getting the wrong end of the stick and I get yelled at, you know, so I just go, 'Okay, babe, I love you, and you haven't let me down so far. God bless you. I'll do whatever you want me to do.'"
This summer's "free" Ozzfest will start on July 12 in Seattle. Information on obtaining tickets is available at the festival web site.
Osbourne will release his new solo album, "Black Rain", on May 22. The first single from the disc is called "I Don't Wanna Stop".
The singer will perform on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" the evening of the album's release.
Osbourne is one of the artists being honoured this month on the second "VH1 Rock Honors". The singer will perform three songs at the event, including a track from "Black Rain". The show will be taped on May 12 in Las Vegas and premiere on VH1 on May 24.
In other Ozzy news:
"Ozzy Osbourne has told MTV.com that he be playing several songs from "Black Rain" at Ozzfest this summer but will of course dip into the archives to play some of his older solo material, as well as some BLACK SABBATH classics. But he can't take credit for this summer's gratis tickets.
"I'm the entertainer — my wife's the manager," he said. "I may be talking out of my ass, but what happened was, we always try to do a reasonable ticket. We have to alter it and ultimately put more on the ticket [as tour-related costs increase]. So last year, Sharon was getting pissed off at the bands who wanted more and more [money to play], so she goes, 'F--- this, I'm going to do it for nothing,' and bring it back down to earth. And people thought it would be a washout, that it wouldn't work.
"It's our way of saying, 'Eh, come along, have some fun,' " he continued. "The ticket prices don't ever go down. ... We're in hard times now. I'm just trying to bring a bit of fairness to the game, and Sharon is also, and keep people happy. If it wasn't for them — I'm [turning] 59 this year — I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am now. I wouldn't be living in these houses I have."
As for the reunion of BLACK SABBATH's 1980s lineup — guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice — which will be touring this year under the moniker HEAVEN AND HELL, Ozzy wishes them all the best but maintains the only true BLACK SABBATH is the band he fronts. And while he's not sure what HEAVEN AND HELL's future plans might be, his next order of business, so long as the rest of the guys are still up for it, is to record with SABBATH once again.
"I'm still on for an album and a tour with them, but we have no [new material written]," he said. "It would be so easy for us to get in and out of a studio and make an album. But if it's not up to the par of when I left, why do it? It will destroy the f---ing legacy of BLACK SABBATH, and the legend of BLACK SABBATH. I haven't dropped the idea, because Tony and I are talking alright about it. I haven't abandoned the idea — like, 'If my album does well, f--- BLACK SABBATH.' It's what I want to do. We have repaired some of the damage between each other, and now, I'd like to do a really good f---ing BLACK SABBATH album."
There is a new live performance video of Kittie available for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. This live clip is for their song “Mouthful Of Poison” which was filmed at Northern Lights in Clifton Park NY during the band’s tour with 36 Crazyfists, Walls Of Jericho, Dead To Fall and In This Moment. More live videos of Kittie are forthcoming from UVTV soon as well as all the bands that were on this tour.
DAGOBA drummer Franky Costanza is a featured on this month's issue of French magazine Batterie, coming with an educational DVD where you can see him perform a few DAGOBA songs. You can watch this 20 minute, multi-angle video here. You can also find the scores in the magazine.
Dagoba's only currently confirmed appearance this summer is the With Full Force Festival:
29 Jun-01 Jul 07 Leipzig (DE) With Full Force
Ulterium Records have announced the signing of the Swedish melodic metallers DARKWATER to the label. The band's debut album, Calling The Earth To Witness, is scheduled for a May 28 release in Sweden. Release dates for other territories will be announced soon.
The track listing is as follows: '2534137 (intro)', 'All Eyes On Me', 'Again', 'Habit', 'The Play - I', 'The Play - 2', 'Shattered', 'Tallest Tree', 'In My Dreams'.
The album is mixed by Pelle Saether (ACT, SKYFIRE) in Studio Underground and mastered by Göran Finnberg (IN FLAMES, THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY) in Mastering Room.
At the band's MySpace page you can listen to the single version of the song “Again”, and also some other clips from the album.
12 Stones have announced the addition of former Presence bassist D.J. Stange to their line-up. Stange replaces Kevin Door who left the band in 2004.
The band will release their new album 'Anthem for the Underdog' in late July. The first single, "Lie to Me", can be streamed on MySpace. Tour dates will be announced shortly.
As previously reported, Breaking Point guitarist Justin Rimer will be filling in for Greg Trammell, who departed the band earlier this year. Rimer also co-wrote and produced 12 Stones new album.
NEMHAIN, featuring ex-CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Adrian Erlandsson and his wife Morrigan Hel, have updated their live schedule. It is now as follows:
6 - Sanctum V Decadence at The Electric Ballroom - London, UK
12 - Burning Beats at Oddy's Live - Oldham, UK
13 - The Gasworks - Bradford, UK
16 - KBY Rocks - Bar Monsta, London, UK
18 - The Egg Club - London, UK
20 - The Intake Club - Mansfield, UK
30 - Rivertown Festival - Prague, Czech Republic
Go to this location to check out Nemhain audio samples.
Epicus Records has announced the signing of the Norwegian prog-metal band called OCEANS OF TIME. The group's debut album, "Kingdom Falls", will be released in the fall.
According to a press release, "OCEANS OF TIME is a melodic metal band from Fredrikstad in Norway, and was born in the year 2004. The band members have a wide experience from different metal projects and other bands. The band has released two EPs on their own so far, and now they have signed to Epicus Records to release their debut album that will be called 'Kingdom Falls' in the fall of 2007."
Toronto based all-female act SCARLET SINS have uploaded the new version of their song 'Backstabber' on their official MySpace page. It is the version that will appear on their full length album due out later this year, produced by Rich Chycki (RUSH, AEROSMITH, James LaBrie). Go to this location to check it out. The new song 'Are You Worth It' is also available for streaming.
In other news, Scarlet Sins have updated their live schedule. It is now as follows:
11 - Toronto, ON - Healy's
12 - Brampton, ON - The Hype
8 - Burlington, ON - Red Rooster's
12 - St. Catharines, ON - The Mansion House
23 - Chatham, ON - Twisters
HATEBREED will be headlining the 2007 Monsters of Mayhem II Tour – featuring metal and hardcore brethren God Forbid, Terror, The Acacia Strain, Evergreen Terrace and After the Burial. Sponsored by Jagermeister and Monster Energy Drink, the Monsters of Mayhem tour has launched its very own “Ladies Night,” putting the females front and center by offering FREE admission for the first 150 females over 21 attending each show. Advance tickets will be available for pre-sale on Hatebreed’s official website, as well as advance pre-order consideration for Hatebreed’s official fan club. VIP tickets will also be available, enabling fans to meet the band before each performance. Select dates will include dual stage festivities, affording local acts the opportunity to reach out to audiences along side the supporting acts. A savvy marriage of hardcore and metal’s finest talents, the Monsters of Mayhem tour marks Hatebreed’s return to the US after a successful UK tour with the Acacia Strain.
Spanning over 21 cities, Monsters of Mayhem II will kick off on May 18th lasting until June 9th. Hatebreed will then head over to Europe for select dates, before returning to headline the second stage at this year’s free Ozzfest. Hatebreed’s latest triumph, Supremacy has been received with overwhelming critical acclaim and respect. Supremacy marks Hatebreed’s Roadrunner debut, as well as a musical catharsis for frontman Jamey Jasta. “I wanted to just put it all out there, to wear my heart on my sleeve more than I have in the past,” Jasta proclaimed in an October 2006 interview with Revolver, “…I needed this to be the most vicious record we’ve ever done.”
Here are the 2007 Monsters of Mayhem II tour dates with Hatebreed featuring God Forbid, Terror, The Acacia Strain, Evergreen Terrace, After the Burial, and more bands TBA: More...
The song 'Nailed To The Ground', taken from HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren's new PAIN album Psalms Of Extinction, is available for free download for a limited time via Roadrunner Records. Go to this location to check it out.
IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers will be filling in on the three Russian shows for André Skaug, who has prior commitments with CLAWFINGER. More...
French goth metal act THE OLD DEAD TREE will soon enter the Stage One Studio in Germany, to record their forthcoming album. The recording sessions will start on next June 3rd and last three weeks. Once again, the band decided to give trust to producer Andy "Master" Classen.
The band describes the new material as "a twisted and schizophrenic blend of evocative riffs and arrangements put together with an overload of sheer emotion. The new songs do widen the previous artistic borders without disavowing the typical musical identity of the band".
THE OLD DEAD TREE's yet to be named third album is tentatively due for a worldwide release in autumn 2007, on Season of Mist.
Pennsylvania-based grinders CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN have posted the following update:
“CODC founder & vocalist, Joe Horvath, ran into complications following a surgery he had to have done about a month ago. He was re-hospitalized last week after developing a very serious and potentially fatal staph infection which has rapidly traveled into his body and bones. He’s undergone another surgery recently and is due to be under the knife again for at least three more surgeries in the near future. He is currently out of the Intensive Care Unit but has to remain hospitalized for undetermined time after which he will be under the care of home health nurses, etc.
Anyone who has been waiting on email responses, interviews, et cetera from Joe please be patient or direct them to someone else in CODC. Friends, fans, etc. feel free to send him email, etc. as it will be read to him when possible. The support is needed at this time more than ever.”
More dates have been released for the Summer tour featuring VELVET REVOLVER and ALICE IN CHAINS:
August 17 - Homdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 18 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach
More dates have been released for SIX FEET UNDER’s North American tour this Summer with MALEVOLENT CREATION and BELPHEGOR:
June 15 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
June 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
June 29 - Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
July 1 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
July 3 - Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
Jacksonville, Florida's BURN SEASON has called it quits. The group's vocalist Damien Starkey has issued the following statement on the matter:
"I'm sorry to break the news to everyone but we have officially broke up. After six years, two record deals, and over 40 recorded songs we feel that the band has run its course. All of us are still great friends and have no animosity within the group but have come to a point where it makes more sense to pursue other projects."
"We want to thank everyone across the country for all of your continued support and must tell you that I have had more fun out on tour with all of you than I've ever had in my life. This band has been my whole world for so long that it truly leaves an empty spot inside of me to think of it not existing anymore. But so be it." More...
Finnish melodic metallers HELION have issued the following update:
"Like we promised, we’ve got some treats stored for you and today’s the day the bag of fun finally opens. Like you may or may have not known, we had two cameras shooting the special show (in Lahti on April 27th) and today’s the day to harvest what was sown. Unfortunately the gig wasn’t without human errors as the better audio quality was lost on the battlefield. What was salvageable was salvaged, and thus we give you 'God Of Fire'." More...